Toronto police chief rejects Meghan Markle claims she was unprotected

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Meghan Markle’s concerns about her security were taken seriously, the Toronto Police Chief has insisted, despite the Duchess’ claims to the contrary. James Ramer, who has served on the Canadian force for 42 years, said the focus of his colleagues was “always on trying to do their best to keep people safe” and they did just that with Ms Markle. He added, in a slight to the Duchess, that some people were “never going to be happy”. 

In comments made to the Toronto Sun Newspaper, Mr Ramer said: “I was deputy chief at the time, in charge of the special enforcement command that oversaw that situation, and can tell you the officers did an excellent job.

“Our officers were extremely professional. I oversaw the area that protected VIPs and I fully support the work they did there.’

“We do not comment on investigations specifically (but) what I will say is I have confidence in the work our members did.” 

He added: “There are always people who are never going to be happy.”

 

The police chief was responding to comments by the Duchess of Sussex in their new Netflix docuseries. 

She alleged that when she first started dating Prince Harry, she was being harassed 24 hours a day by freelance photographers, but that the police did not take seriously concern for her safety. 

She said: “I would say to the police, ‘If any other woman in Toronto said to you, I have six grown men who are sleeping in their cars around my house and following me everywhere that I go, and I feel scared, wouldn’t you say that was stalking?’ 

“They said ‘Yes, but there’s really nothing we can do because of who you’re dating’.”

Meghan claims she asked police whether she was “just supposed to live like this?” and they replied “Yeah”.

The Duchess spoke at length during her docuseries about the pressure she felt from the press after news broke in October 2016 that she was dating Prince Harry. 

She suggested some of her neighbours had been paid to install a “livestream camera to watch her movements”.

She described the situation as “scary” because “my face was everywhere, my life was everywhere”. 

But Mr Ramer assured the press that his detectives and officers had indeed taken the actress’ complaints seriously and addressed her concerns. 

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The columnist who published the police chief’s comments, Joe Warmington, described the accusations made by Ms Markle as “ludicrous”. 

He said: “I can say with confidence the assertions that Toronto Police let the royal couple down are ludicrous.

“What she doesn’t mention is that Toronto Police did respond to the street, routinely monitored it, deployed undercover vehicles and teams, and spoke to the paparazzi.

“There are even pictures taken by retired Toronto Sun photographer Mike Peake of police being on her street. I also recall extra security with both her and Prince Harry when they were at Invictus Games events.

“[Ms] Markle should add Toronto Police to the already long list of people who are owed an apology for comments made in the docuseries.”

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